Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' in N.Korea impasse

14 September, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Trump, South Korean President Scheduled To Talk

Tensions have dramatically risen on the Korean peninsula after North Korea on Sunday conducted its biggest nuclear test, which its state-run KCNA news agency described it as a hydrogen bomb.

It is the first time that a USA military official has publicly voiced opposition to recent hawkish talk in South Korea that the country should either build atomic bombs of its own to ensure a "balance of terror" with the increasingly belligerent North, or bring back USA tactical nukes once stationed here. Trump refused to say during his news conference on Thursday whether he would accept the country as a nuclear-armed state, insisting that he would not state his negotiating parameters publicly. "So, I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it's something certainly that could happen", Trump said in response to a question.

South Korea deployed four remaining USA anti-missile THAAD system launchers on Thursday created to protect against mounting threats from North Korea while protesters clashed with thousands of police in Seongju City, the deployment site.

Even as Trump has insisted that now is not the time to talk, senior members of his administration have made clear that the door to a diplomatic solution is open, especially given the US assessment that any pre-emptive strike would unleash massive North Korean retaliation.

The United States is now urging new and tougher U.N. sanctions, including a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to North Korea, in response to the nuclear test.

Washington has proposed a new UN Security Council resolution, according to a UN diplomat, to punish North Korea by freezing the assets of Kim Jong Un and members of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea, fully banning exports of oil to North Korea, banning all textile imports from North Korea and banning North Korean laborers from generating earnings overseas.

Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea were tiny at about 40,000 tonnes a year, Putin said.

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Experts believe the isolated regime is close to its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, something Trump has vowed to prevent. "But I can tell you that North Korea is behaving badly, and it's got to stop", he said. It also provides hundreds of thousands of tons of oil and fuel to the impoverished regime.

After the meeting, Abe and Moon issued a statement saying "now is the time to further increase sanctions and pressures against the North as much as possible rather than seeking dialogue", according to Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

U.S. which has been very vocal on the issue and calling for sanctions over the North Korea urging others to follow the suit has already received criticism for tending to go on warpath rather than solving the issue amicably through talks considering the fact North Korea is supported by China and even Russian Federation is not against it.

Europe should stand united in trying to bring about a diplomatic solution and "do everything that can be done in terms of sanctions", she said. The Latin American country's decision garners attention as the United States plans to put a draft UN resolution to a vote on Monday and because of Mexico's traditional stance of steering clear of diplomatic ructions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke in Vladivostok and agreed to try to persuade China and Russian Federation to cut off oil to North Korea as much as possible, according to South Korean officials.

South Korean Marines wrapped up a three-day firing drill aimed at protecting islands just south of the border with North Korea, while the air force will finish up a week-long drill on Friday.

"Our military has never been stronger", he said.

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President Donald Trump stepped back from the possibility of imminent military action against North Korea on Thursday, saying such an event is neither inevitable nor preferable.

Merkel has spoken to leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea this week.

Just hours after the final parts of the US missile defense system arrived at a base in South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has released a written statement to the public.

A THAAD battery normally consists of six launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptor missiles, but only two launchers have been operational so far at the site in rural Seongju.

The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered carrier, left its home port of Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, for a routine autumn patrol of the Western Pacific, a Navy spokeswoman said.

The decision to deploy THAAD, created to shoot down short- to medium-range missiles mid-flight, has drawn strong objections from China.

The Mexican government on Thursday (7 September) expelled North Korean ambassador to the country, Kim Hyong Gil, declaring him persona non grata.

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It had the caption: "At Freeman elementary now ". "I thought it was weird because they wouldn't do (a drill) two days in a row". The Spokesman-Review newspaper, citing a local hospital spokeswoman, reported that up to six people had been shot.


North Korea is under mounting worldwide pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of United Nations sanctions.

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